The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right / Edition 1
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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right / Edition 1

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by Atul Gawande
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805091742

ISBN-13: 9780805091748

Pub. Date: 12/21/2009

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent

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The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805091748
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/21/2009
Pages:
209
Sales rank:
181,459
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Problem of Extreme Complexity 15

2 The Checklist 32

3 The End of the Master Builder 48

4 The Idea 72

5 The First Try 86

6 The Checklist Factory 114

7 The Test 136

8 The Hero in the Age of Checklists 158

9 The Save 187

Appendix: Example Checklists 195

Notes on Sources 201

Acknowledgments 211

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